Even though the organization behind the Telethon has reported that the final fundraising tally for the event held last December increased another ₡26 million ($52,000), La Anexion Hospital in Nicoya will not receive all of the medical equipment it urgently needs.
The medical director, Dr. Jorge Fonseca Renault, said, “We have sent our list of needs, but I believe it exceeds the amount they will be assigning to us, because it includes a lot.”
Club Activo 20-30 Internacional, a San Jose organization, showed the Telethon’s official board at ₡729,854,523 ($1.46 million). The funds will be invested in the purchase of high-tech medical equipment for the neonatal and pediatric units at La Anexion Hospital in Nicoya, Enrique Baltodano Hospital in Liberia, and the hospital in Upala. They will also be used to purchase a neuronavigator for the neurosurgery unit in the National Children’s Hospital.
According to Marco Brenes, a spokesperson for Club Activo 20-30, “We are analyzing the best offers from providers interested in the purchase we’ll make. The machines will be handed over in an event open to the press and public, so that every Costa Rican or foreigner that trusts in the Telethon project can see their support for this good cause materialized.”
As such, Dr. Fonseca hopes that they will be receiving the equipment in April. “There have been many machines requested, and more will be lacking, but among the most important are the incubators, mechanical ventilators, invasive monitors and resuscitation machines, along with others.”
When the machines are bought, Telethon will assign them to the Pro Hospital de La Anexion Foundation, which will in turn donate them to the medical center itself.